A 200-year- old former blacksmith’s workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark. On the ground floor there’s a hall, kitchen-diner/living area, bathroom, utility room, bedroom and a guest room. The first floor comprises the master bedroom, two bedrooms for the children and a shower room.
The couple wanted something with history, so when they saw all the beams and the original blacksmith’s furnace in the kitchen, they knew this was it.
With René’s signature menu at Noma boasting 20-odd courses, his approach to things could be seen as complex, but his preferred ingredients – sea urchins, wild duck, fjord shrimp – are simple and earthy, but concocted in a fabulous way. A similar rule of thumb seems to apply to the interior choices at home. A gentle style of clean walls, crafted accessories and minimal furniture is displayed throughout.
Wood is the dominant factor, from the beams and floors to the fittings in the kitchen and bathroom.
It may have a blacksmith's furnace, but you won't find a microwave in this kitchen.
The same Dinesen HeartOak floor has been used in the restaurant too. As a devotee of all things natural, René loves that the Danish company’s craftsmen work on planks taken from local trees that are up to 200 years old, preserving their natural cracks and knots.
This is the family's favourite spot. A carpenter make the table and the bench is constructed out of old floorboards.
A statement sofa adds a flash of colour to this simply stylish space. Most of the ceramics are by the Danish designers that kitted out the restaurant.
Most of the accessories are in muted tones, but the couple 'went for it a bit more in here’.
As well as building a new staircase, the couple installed a set of floor-level drawers by the front door for the family’s shoes – a clever touch that keeps clutter at bay.
An inset fireplace keeps this space cosy and warm, whatever the weather outside.
Upstairs benefits from plenty of light and blinds at the windows keep the look neat and clean.
Warm wood, dark slate and bronze accessories createa soothing retreat.
This is where the two youngest girls sleep, but one is at the top of the ladder, so she has her own “room” within the room.
Find out more about Noma here.
Photography / Paul Massey
Styling / Louise Kamman Riising